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Group Leader
Dr. Bruce P. Lee


PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
BS, Chemical Engineering, Cornell University


2019 Bhakta Rath Research Award
2016 Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research
2014 Top 10% faculty in instructor rating, Michigan Technological University
2013–14 Continuous Submission Eligibility, National Institutes of Health (substantial service to peer review)
2011 Certificate of Appreciation, American Chemical Society
2008 First Prize Poster: Journal of Endourology/Endourological Society
2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Inventor Award
2005 Baxter-Northwestern Early Career Development Award in Bioengineering, Finalist

bplee (at) mtu (dot) edu

Postdoctoral Researchers
Dr. James Manuel


PhD, Chemical Engineering, Gyeongsang National University, 2011
MS, Polymer Chemistry, University of Kerala, 2004
BS, Chemistry, University of Kerala, 2000

jmanue2 (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Dr. Manuel’s project involves studying the electrochemical property of catechol-containing smart adhesive.

Research Assistants
PhD Students
Pegah Kord Forooshani


MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Malaya, 2014
BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran, 2011


2018 First Prize; Upper Peninsula American Chemical Society Student Research Symposium
2018 Merit Award, 3rd Annual LSTI Research Forum, MTU

pkordfor (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Tuning the redox chemistry of catechol for wound healing and antipathogenic applications.

Md. Saleh Akram Bhuiyan


MS, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, South Dakota State University, 2017
BS, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, 2012

mbhuiya1 (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

My research project involve the deactivation and reactivation of catechol-based smart adhesive using electrochemistry.

Zhongtian Zhang


MS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2018
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2016

zzhang11 (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Study the release of reactive oxygen species from catechol-based biomaterials.

Kan Wang


MS, Biomedical Engineering, Southeast University, 2017
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Southeast University, 2014

kanwang (at) mtu (dot) edu

Master Students
James Roland


BS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2020

jdroland (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Test adhesive property of smart adhesive inspired by marine mussels.

Undergraduate Students
Max Reaume



2019 Undergraduate Research Internship Program, MTU

mcreaume (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Characterize the release of reactive oxygen species from catechol moieties.

Celeste Forester


ceforest (at) mtu (dot) edu

Nate Marus


ndmarus (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Fabrication and characterize patterned adhesive surfaces.


Bo Liu, PhD

Last Known Location: Postdoctoral Researcher, Prof Bin Zhao’s lab, University of Tennessee


Rattapol Pinnaratip, PhD

Last Known Location: Professor, Chiang Mai University, Thailand


Xiaochu Ding, PhD

Last Known Location: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Michigan Technological University


Ameya Narkar, PhD

Last Known Location: Postdoctoral Researcher, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, Syracuse University


Hao Meng, PhD

Last Known Location: Lab of Dr. Don Elbert, University of Texas Austin


Yuan Liu, PhD

Last Known Location: Bridgestone Americas, Inc


Yuting Li, MS

Last Known Location: Lab of Dr. Louis Falo, University of Pittsburgh


Elizabeth Polega, MS

Last Known Location: Triumph Group, Park City, Utah


Jonathan Kelley, MS

Last Known Location: 


Youling Xu

Last Known Location: School of Information Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China


Randall Wilharm

Last Known Location: PhD Program, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota


Audra Winter

Last Known Location: Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc.


Giri K. Vegesna, PhD

Last Known Location: University of California, Berkeley


Meng-Hsien Lin

Last Known Location: Genesis Genetics Asia Corp., Taiwan


Sarah Skelton

Last Known Location: Henkel AG & Company


Meridith Murley

Last Known Location: The Vollrath Company LLC


Corey Ernst

Last Known Location: Master of Business Administration program, Michigan Technological University


Michael Bostwick

Last Known Location:


Shari Konst

Last Known Location: Thermalin, Inc., Cleveland, OH


Jonathan Anderson

Last Known Location: The 3M Company


Morgan Cencer

Last Known Location: PhD Program, Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Joseph Gazella

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


Rebecca Whitney

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


Ryan Sarmiento

Last Known Location: HNTB Corporation


Samuel Casey

Last Known Location: Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University


Hao Zhan

Last Known Location: Edan Instruments, Inc.


Kyle O’Connor

Last Known Location: Biology and Biomedical Science, Grand Valley State University


William Weiner

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University